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What do you put in a lanyard?

What do you put in a lanyard?

Lanyards are incredibly useful and versatile accessories, consisting of a loop of fabric that’s worn around the neck. Lanyard clips at the bottom of the fabric let you easily attach items to it, so you don’t have to carry them around in your hands or pockets.

Because lanyards offer lots of scope for different uses, you might well wonder what to put in one. Here are a few popular suggestions.

Purposeful lanyards

When deciding what to put in a lanyard, you first need to think about what you intend to use it for. This means that you will then be able to personalise the lanyard to suit your requirements.

Staff ID cards

Lanyards are most frequently used with staff ID cards, to help identify individuals, especially working within large organisations, such as schools, hospitals, offices, etc.

ID cards showing staff details are also important from a security point of view, as it means that anyone unauthorised to enter a building won’t have a lanyard, and will be instantly noticeable.

Even within large organisations, personalised lanyards can be provided to identify staff who might work in a separate department from others. For example, individual departments or staff roles might have different colours or styles of lanyards to help identify individuals.

Another benefit of using lanyards within a business capacity is that they can help to promote a company. For instance, including the logo, branding and company colours on the lD card or lanyard itself, is an effective form of marketing, especially if a lot of people get to see it.

Therefore, when designing your lanyards, it’s important to think of them as both a functional accessory and one that could help to advertise your business, so paying attention to the choice of colours, materials, wording and images is key.

Student ID cards

As well as being used in workplaces, lanyards are frequently used in educational establishments, as a form of student ID. Often, the lanyard cards used by students serve multiple purposes, such as giving them access to buildings, making payments, taking books out of the library, etc.

Like staff ID cards, student ones can also be personalised, including the student’s name, faculty or department, name of the educational establishment and logo, using different styles and colours.

What do you put in a lanyard?

ID cards for visitors or guests

Many organisations put visitor or guest cards inside a lanyard, so that they are given authorised access while on their premises, and to assist with security. For example, this could include visitors to a school, guests staying at a hotel, attendees at a conference or an event such as a festival. ID lanyard cards can also be used in all areas of sport, for coaches and participants, as well as spectators and activities such as a ski pass.

Different colours or styles of lanyards can be used to identify certain groups of visitors or guests, so, for example, those who might have paid more money at an event may be offered extra facilities, so could have a different coloured lanyard compared to those who have only paid the standard price.

There are lots of different types of holders that ID cards and badges can be kept in to attach to the lanyard, so this is another way that you can personalise the lanyard to make it unique to a specific situation.

Contact details

Some groups of people, such as those who are elderly, have learning disabilities or suffer from dementia may be vulnerable when they’re out and about, so having a lanyard around their neck with information that could be useful if they got lost or confused could prove beneficial. This could include contact details or medical information, for instance.

Some people also suffer from hidden disabilities, so having a lanyard around their neck that may identify this can help to increase awareness with others.


Most lanyards are used with an ID or access card, but they also have other uses that make them handy for lots of different situations. Since the lanyard comes with a clip, this makes it suitable for attaching keys to. Indeed, if you’re the kind of person that frequently misplaces their keys, having them attached to a lanyard around your neck will ensure they don’t get lost and are safe at all times.

Using keys with a lanyard would also be convenient for someone who needs to use keys a lot, such as a caretaker of a building, or an estate agent. Different coloured lanyards could be used to help identify specific keys to an area.


With the need to frequently sanitise hands to prevent infection from viruses such as Covid-19, lanyards come in really useful for holding a bottle of sanitising solution. This means you don’t have to grapple around looking for sanitiser in a bag or pocket, as it will be easy to access around your neck. Using a lanyard with a sanitiser solution will be especially useful in places where hygiene is important, such as in schools, hospitals, care homes and the catering industry.

As well as storing a sanitising solution, the clips on a lanyard make it easy for you to attach a facemask by the ear loops. This can keep the mask clean and safe, and easier to find when you need it most, rather than having to search for it in a bag.

Mini torch

If you arrive home in the dark or need to work during the hours of darkness, having a mini torch close by can prove useful in certain situations. Lanyards are the perfect accessories for clipping a small torch to, so you don’t have to fumble around looking for one in the dark.

You may also be able to attach other items, such as a pen, or small tools, that you may need to use frequently throughout the day, and can have easy access to.

Whatever you decide to put in your lanyard, at Just Lanyards we can assist to provide personalised lanyards that suit your specific needs and requirements. Get in touch today.

Why is sustainability so important?

Scientists estimate a horrific eight million plastic products enter our oceans worldwide every day, including plastic bottles, bin bags and plastic carrier bags. If people continue producing plastic waste at the current rate, by 2050, it’s estimated there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

You’re probably sitting reading this and thinking, “But I’ve never dumped any plastic in the sea and I never would!”

While most right-minded people wouldn’t leave plastic waste – or indeed any waste – on the beach, or allow it to pass through the sewage system, sadly, there are individuals who will carelessly discard their waste.

By disposing of all of our recyclable plastics correctly, not only can we make more eco-friendly products, such as recycled lanyards, but we can also stop used plastic bottles from making it to landfill sites and the world’s waterways.

Using recycled plastic – known as RPET – as an alternative material is a huge step forward on the journey towards a greener, cleaner and safer future for the planet. RPET (recycled polyester plastic) looks the same as polyester, but because it’s made from recycled plastic bottles, each lanyard is created using woven RPET fibres.

Here’s the science

When compared with the production of lanyards using virgin plastic, RPET doesn’t use any additional chemicals, apart from cleaning detergents. It uses 59% less energy and produces 32% fewer carbon dioxide emissions.

Make sure your business makes a positive difference to the planet by choosing recycled conference lanyards. In addition, if you purchase a plastic bottle of water on your way to work, keep hold of the bottle and refill it. You can use it for at least a week before disposing of it in the relevant recycling bin.

Just Lanyards’ large selection of different colours and designs for our eco-friendly lanyard options makes it convenient and easy to create your bespoke lanyards. Of course, they are produced to the same high standard as our regular lanyards.

Contact our friendly and knowledgeable support team for further details of our eco-friendly lanyard options for modern businesses. We always deliver a quick turnaround and offer free standard UK delivery on all orders.